Rev. Brothers Winford K. Rice (Spring 2013) & Reginald Wayne Sharpe, Jr. (Fall 2011) Join Moreho
Alpha Rho's own Ministers of note became Adjunct Professors in the Religion and Philosophy Department at Morehouse College this fall. They join a storied history of chapter affiliation in Morehouse's landmark education division.
About Brother Reginald Wayne Sharpe:
A native of Lithonia, Georgia, Pastor Reginald Wayne Sharpe, Jr., was born February 18, 1991, into the family of Reginald, Sr., and Fay Phillips-Sharpe. He’s earned his B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Morehouse College, his Masters of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and his Th.M. from the Candler School of Theology. He is passionate about helping the church and people reimagine their purpose within an ever evolving world.
Most recently, Brother Sharpe served three and half years as the Campus Pastor of The House of Hope in Macon, Georgia.
About Brother Winfred K. Rice, Jr.:
Minister Winford Kennadean Rice Jr., commonly known as “Kenny,” is the proud son of Winford K. Rice Sr. and Crystal S. Rice from Suffolk, Virginia, and has one sister, Jasmine Rice.
Minister Rice is a 2014 Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion & Philosophy, and was the top ranking scholar in the department of Religion.
While at the college, Kenny served as the President of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Assistants program, presidential ambassador, NAACP political action co-chair, UPS Scholar, congressional intern for Rep. John Lewis through the Congressional Black Caucus, traveled to Toyko, Nagaski and Hiroshima, Japan as a peace ambassador for the non-proliferation of nuclear weaponry and was named the 2013-2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar. Additionally, he was initiated as a member of the distinguished Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and published his first work in an anthology of sermons by the Academy of Preachers in 2013. Minister Rice has since been cited in the New York Times.
Minister Rice was licensed to preach in gospel ministry by Dr. Steven G. Blunt at First Baptist Church, Mahan in Suffolk, Virginia where he is as an associate minister. He is a 2017 graduate of Harvard University’s Divinity School (HDS) in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he received his Master of Divinity degree as a Ministry Fellow. While at Harvard, Minister Rice proudly served as the Youth and Young Adult Pastor of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Minister Rice also served as a Religious Services Fellow and prison chaplain for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections in Chicago, Illinois, where his research examined the correlation between the usage of religious services and reduced recidivism rates for detainees in Cook County (Chicago). Additionally, Minister Rice was the 2014-2015 Scholar in Residence at Myrtle Baptist Church in Newton, Massachusetts.
In March of 2017, Minister Rice was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. College of Pastoral Leadership at Morehouse College for his commitment to bridging civil societies, political institutions, and religious communities after having traveled to Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria, South Africa. He was also featured as one of the Late Night New Voices at the 103rd Annual Hampton Minister's Conference in Hampton, Virginia. In 2018, Minister Rice graduated from Emory University's Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia with a Master of Theology degree, specifically focusing on political and practical theologies. Currently, Minister Rice serves as an adjunct Professor of Religion at Morehouse College in the Religion and Philosophy Department.
Above all, Minister Rice is passionate about preaching, pastoring, and people, and seeks to bridge the church and the academy by serving in the parish with both head and heart. In all things that he does, he aims to preach the gospel, and if necessary, uses words.
Mission & Objectives of the Morehouse College Department of Philosophy & Religion:
Courses in philosophy and religion seek to provide the student not only with a firm base in these two academic disciplines, but also with a means for self-examination and self-orientation. The two-fold objective of this Department is to prepare students for graduate or professional study in the fields of philosophy and religious studies and to enable them to satisfy the College requirements in the general education program.
The work in religion aims to describe, analyze and evaluate the role of religion in the life of humans since earliest times and how the religious quest continues as a variegated and often tortuous climb toward human growth and fulfillment.